SAP implementation refer to the entire methodologies and processes which define a way to implement the SAP ERP in an enterprise. It deals with all the concepts involved, from the design of solutions to their implementation. This can be done through different channels, like development and integration, or via supply chain and supply management. The actual process may be outsourced to offshore software development centers.
When business processes and implements SAP solutions, there are three common stages, which need to be followed in order to ensure successful implementation. The first stage involves analysis of current requirements and goals of the organization. At this stage, it is crucial to understand the business operations, to get an overview of what kind of solutions need to be developed to satisfy the current problems. Based on the current needs, the next step is to sketch out a plan or a strategy for the implementation. These may involve the implementation of new application designs, or the re-designing of existing applications.
Next, is the process of final preparation. This includes development of business process modeling, data model creation, selection of technology platform, and integration. The process of final preparation may take several weeks, depending upon the complexity of the task. The final preparation involves changes in business process modeling, data models creation, integration of the new application design and so on. The last stage of SAP implementation involves the documentation and integration of all the changes made in the software.
As per usual, before the implementation, it is crucial to understand and determine the requirements completely. The next step in the process is to select the technology platform to be used for the implementation. The final and most important stage is integration and documentation. This involves the implementation of the changes and documentation of these changes. The changes in SAP systems management include features such as functional development, integration, change management, and data migration. There are many processes which are involved in the implementation of SAP products.
Change Management includes many important processes like Functional Development, Enterprise Meta, Ownership Analysis, Business Process Management (BPM), and others. The first thing to do in the change management is to write out the Functional specification. Once the Functional specifications are written, they are sent for independent review and testing to find out if they fulfill the requirements. Once they are found to fulfill the requirements, they are formally approved by the change management teams. The functional specs can be implemented by the owners of the company, and the manufacturers of the products, or it can be implemented by the software development teams.